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Strike for Internet Freedom
I am Kradorex Xeron, Executive Director of Digibase Operations.
As of midnight Eastern Standard Time on 18 January, Digibase Operations is taking its sites down in protest against far reaching legislations. We're not only targeting the US's SOPA or PIPA, but any piece of legislation that challenges the stability of the Internet and challenges the freedoms of its users.
As it stands, most of these bills are introduced with only copyright enforcement in mind. They never take into account any ramifications that may stem from them. They are often designed in almost a way that suggests that their provisions are guaranteed to be abused. There is almost no due process or accountability in bills like SOPA or PIPA, putting copyright enforcement proceedings on a fast track that even the worst of serial murderers aren't subject to.
The rights owners argue that their business model is threatened by copyright infringement, but never stop to investigate why that infringement occurs. If they do stop it is only to generate statistics for public reports that display their existing business model as the only model that is possible. Rather than befriending those who download music, movies, studies and so forth and engaging them with new business models, rights owners insist on making enemies of them.
In their present stance, the rights owners have made enemies of most of the Internet by trying to push through legislation that only serves them. It is time for us, the network/system operators, service providers, website operators, and users alike to push back.
Resources of information:
US Internet Blacklist Bill
Open Letter Re: United States Internet Blacklist Bill [ PDF, 54.8 KBytes ]
Today, 16 November 2011, the United States government is reviewing a piece of legislation that could ultimately alter the fabric of the Internet as we see it today.
This legislation is referred to as the "E-PARASITE Act" (Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation) or "SOPA" (Stop Online Piracy Act), which is being created in order to provide extra-judiciary mechanisms for copyright holders to directly take down domain names and prevent the American people from accessing foreign websites deemed under this legislation.
The fact of the matter is this legislation will ultimately pave the way for said companies to pursue and eliminate much more than just copyright infringement. It will impact fair use/fair dealing, the ability to parody, and anything else with a likeness to content under copyright. It will also remove safe harbour provisions for service providers and content providers that were afforded under the DMCA, making content providers responsible for their users' postings.
The above mentioned isn't the worst item of this bill. It is the prospect of shattering DNS (Domain Name System) that is most frightening. Currently, the main setup of DNS is laid out such that much of the basis to the system is contingent on US organizations, including ICANN (root zone management), Verisign (.com, .net registries), and other similar organizations. This means the US government and copyright holders will be able to lean on these organizations to remove or modify domain names to disable their usage -- which means any website with a gtld (Generic top level domain such as .com, .net, .org, .info, etc.) is threatened.
We hope that any readers of this open letter will spread the word and utilize whatever resources they may have to oppose this draconian measure.
Digibase Operations, Research and Development
United Collective of Systems and Networks
A new initiative has been launched by Digibase Operations to bring other organizations with networks and systems together to open dialogue regarding various security, network and service-related issues. This initiative for the moment is targetted toward small and medium-scale operations, but large-scale is definitely welcome.
More information is available at the information site: http://ucsn.digibase.ca
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